As President and Managing Director for SAP Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), Damien Bueno is responsible for all customer operations across the market. He joined SAP in 2007 and has worked with some of Australia and New Zealand’s largest organisations, across multiple industries, driving strategic and meaningful outcomes at SAP and in regional leadership roles prior. Most recently as Vice President for Strategic Industries and Markets, SAP ANZ, where he pioneered a co-investment model with the Australian Government, to better support it with its digital engagement with citizens.
Senior Functional Analyst
Sonia Bugeja is the Lead Functional Analyst for SAP at eSolutions Monash University, where she leads a team of developers, support and functional analysts who together bring new experiences to the University’s HR Business Users and employees. Sonia has recently lead the STP pilot project at Monash University for SAP.
Senior Lecturer & SAUG SIG Lead, Organisational Change and Training
Dr Susan Foster holds higher degree qualifications in a variety of discipline areas such as Psychology and information systems and has a number of SAP solution consultant certificates. Over the past 10 years Dr Foster has been heavily involved in developing SAP related curriculum and consulting across a number of countries. She is the SAP SIG lead for the Organizational Change and Training group.
Head of Digital Business Services
As Head of DBS for Australia and New Zealand, Sehida’s primary responsibility is to provide strategic leadership across the Services organisation and work with the broader SAP organisation towards building a strong relationship with customers and partners.
Sehida has over 21 years of experience in SAP delivery and sales roles, working for a number of multinational and Australian-owned organisations. She first joined SAP in 1997 as a consulting manager, before moving to an SAP partner organisation. Sehida joined SAP for a second time in 2012 to lead SAP’s Services team at Department of Human Services (DHS) and more recently senior roles leading SAP’s Services teams for Public Services and Financial Services and Insurance.
A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with significant experience in developing and carrying out strategies to support the operations and transformation of her customers, she has also applied these skills to grow successful Delivery Practices at SAP and in the SAP ecosystem in Australia and the United States.
Additionally, Sehida is passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive work environment. She serves as Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Champion for SAP DBS APJ, working with local D&I Champions in each Market Unit on various initiatives, with a focus on Gender Intelligence and Cross-Generational Intelligence. She has been a leader in SAP Australia’s Autism program and establishing SAP’s Business Women’s Network in Canberra. She continues to drive new initiatives in incubation in this area. In 2017, she was presented the Women in ICT (WIC) “WICked Woman of the Year” award for her support to local women in IT and communications.
Paul was an Associate Professor in Information Systems at Victoria University and Principle Consultant at Hawking Solutions. He is considered as one of the leading commentators on ERP systems and Business Intelligence and specifically SAP solutions. Paul helps companies to leverage their SAP investment to gain greater value, especially in the area of Business Intelligence. He has presented at the premier SAP conferences around the world and was the first academic to become a SAP Mentor.
Head of Solution Centre of Excellence
Paul made a transition from manufacturing line management 20 years ago to join a rapidly growing ERP software company called SAP and he’s been on the SAP journey ever since. That journey includes many of the early years in leadership roles working with customers on end-to-end SAP Business Suite Implementations. Along the way, Paul applied his supply chain and logistics expertise with customers in Europe and Asia. Paul has been on the sales side of SAP as a Presales Manager for several years with a team of senior Customer Solution Managers. From 2016, he is now focussed on guiding customers on the S/4HANA pathway.
Localisation Product Manager AU
Matt is a Localisation Product Manager for Australia, part of the Globalisation Services team in SAP. He has been responsible for the Australian Payroll product for the past 8 years. Previously, he had 12 years SAP Payroll/Time Management consulting experience and was part of the initial team that developed both the Australian and New Zealand payroll solutions way back in the 90s.
Matt has been on the Single Touch Payroll (STP) journey for over 4 years working with the ATO and was Co-Chair of the STP Advisory Group for 18 months.
Discovery Consulting Pty Ltd
SAP Mentor & Senior HR Consultant
Chris is an SAP Mentor who loves new technology and especially all this cloud stuff, as it also touches on his fluffy HR skill-set. A self-professed HR Geek, he will happily talk your ear off about the possibilities of technology and HR solutions.
Senior Solution Specialist
Chetan Khimjee has worked in a variety of industries in different roles ranging from Financial Services to the Health and Telecoms sector. Chetan has over 15 years experience and is unique in his ability to formalise strategic business requirements using a range of techniques and tools. Some of the tools applied include SAP BI including the complete suite of Business Objects tools as well as integration with SAP HANA and BW. Chetan endeavours to bring a strong design culture to projects coupled with his extensive business and technical experience.
Group Manager - IT Applications
Charmaine is a Technology executive who has led teams across multiple IT disciplines, including strategy, architecture, delivery, service management and operational support. She has diverse experience gained from managing and supporting complex Global Solutions across multiple industries.
Throughout his career, Greg has held many IT based roles across a wide range of industries. Some of these industries include FMCG, Manufacturing, Retail and more recently Higher Education, and has mostly worked for businesses that have adopted SAP as their core ERP solution.
With his working experience in the industry, and his background in earlier Finance roles, Greg has often worked alongside Business Executives to help them deliver their strategies, through the use of appropriate Business Applications and Architecture.
Recently, Greg has started up his own consulting firm, and is working with companies to help them realise the benefits and challenges that lie ahead transforming to cloud based platforms.
Greg can often be found presenting at user groups and conferences around the country, or delivering industry based lectures to students, presenting the lessons he learned whilst working in businesses that were on the leading edge of cloud technologies, and is passionate not only about the technology’s available, but also the ‘human’ side of these expansive transformational programmes, along with the ever increasing challenge of improving the overall user experience.
Senior Business Innovation Strategist - Innovation Office
Nicholas has been architecting & developing market leading software applications for the past 16 years. Prior to his current position as a Global Solution Architect at SAP, Nicholas was a mobile presales consultant at SAP and helped grow the mobile business by working with the local team to deliver the largest mobile payment deployment for one of Australia’s leading banks.
Nicholas has also presented various mobile and user experience topics at Cambridge University and other institutions around the world. As a highly respected innovator, Nicholas has published on developing mobile web services, automating the exposure of components as web services which was referenced later within patents filed by Microsoft and more recently published papers and journal articles on adaptive mobile data mining and visualisation.
Village Roadshow Limited
Manager Business Intelligence & Analytics
Michael is a highly-experienced professional specialising in Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and Enterprise Performance Management. He delivers excellent results in areas that lead to strategic outcomes both from a business value and technology value perspective. His experience ranges across a wide variety of roles from consulting, implementation, solution architecture, strategy and delivery management which allows him to successfully adapt to the many facets in the delivery of data/analytics solutions.
Michael was the SIG Lead for the SAUG BI SIG in Melbourne, as well as the founder of the HANA Melbourne SIG. He has worked in a variety of industries including Transportation, Telecommunication, Energy & Utilities, as well as Media and Entertainment.
SAP Solution Architect
Experienced Solution Architect with a demonstrated history of working in the utilities industry. Skilled in Solution Design, Business Process, Analytical Skills, Business Process Design, Management, and Electricity Markets. Strong information technology professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and an Agile practitioner.
Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited
Chief Enterprise Architect
As Chief Enterprise Architect for Fonterra, Simon Cowley is responsible for Enterprise Architecture and Cyber Security across Fonterra's global footprint. He joined Fonterra in 2011 and has provided strategic direction though the Digitisation of the Co-Operative as well as taking Cyber Security to the Boards agenda. Simon has been involved in multiple global SAP implementations across industries and is passionate about delivering pragmatic solutions that help companies meet their goals.
Digital SAP Technical Lead
Frank has 15 years of SAP experience with a proven record in performing various roles(e.g. Development Manager, Technical Lead, Project Manager, Service Delivery Manager, System Architect, Senior Developer etc.)in different countries and industries (e.g. IT, Logistics, Utilities) to drive technical excellence and deliver business objectives. Frank currently leads SAP development at AGL with overall responsibility in SAP development productivity, technical & architecture design and is driving the adoption & implementation of Agile practices of SAP software development.
Andreas is Solution Manager for Analytics, BI and Predictive, for SAP ANZ. With a background in mathematics, he joined Business Objects in Europe in 2005 as Presales, looking after mainly Financial Services customers in Switzerland. Since 2008, Andreas has been living in Melbourne and working for SAP Australia, helping customers across ANZ understand and realise the value of BI and Predictive solutions. Having completed his MBA at the University of Melbourne, Andreas has recently joined the Centre of Excellence team at SAP Australia, looking after the BI and Predictive solution portfolio. Andreas has a passion for analysing numbers and big data, turning hidden patterns and trends into meaningful pictures that serve Science and Businesses run better and achieve better outcomes.
HRIS Business Lead
Nicole is a Business Lead with expertise in delivering solutions tailored to business strategy. She has a proven track record of working with multiple stakeholders and systems to reach consensus and drive paths to business value. Nicole is also experienced in SAP SuccessFactors project delivery and enhancing SuccessFactors with SAP Cloud Platform Extensions.
Head of Finance Systems & Master Data
Dinesh Kantheti is a finance professional with system thinking at his heart and problem solving in his DNA. He successfully leading one of the Australia’s very first S4 HANA implementation at Medibank. He currently works as Head of Finance Systems and Master Data looking after the governance and management of the system.
Global SAP GTM Lead
Henrik is the Global SAP Practice Lead in Strategic Alliances at Virtustream, where he focuses on evangelising and driving client & partner SAP S4HANA and SAP HANA Managed Cloud business globally. He is a well known global thought leader, commentator and speaker at conferences, with experience around SAP Cloud infrastructure, Systems Integrators, Service Providers, SAP HANA, Big Data and Analytics solutions, as well as over 12 years’ experience working with Global SAP customers
Corporate Solutions Manager
Vance has worked in the SAP Ecosystem for over 20 years and the majority of time has been in the Utilities / Power Industry, previously he held roles within the Power Industry in New Zealand. He has been involved in SAP implementations in both Australia and New Zealand in a wide variety of roles. In May 2015 Vance joined Hydro Tasmania as SAP Solution Architect in the Information, Process and Systems Group within a newly formed Corporate Solutions Team aimed at enabling the business to work smarter and more efficiently by simplifying corporate systems, automating repetitive business processes and supporting complex decision making. Vance is currently Corporate Solutions Manager and manages the internal SAP support team and has been managing the S/4HANA Business Case development.
O-I Asia Pacific
HR Central Lead APAC
Natasha is a results-driven professional with significant Human Resources experience in the FMCG, Packaging, Engineering and Property Services industries. Core competencies in BPO set up and training as a Subject Matter Expert, Analytics, Project Management and Policy and EBA Interpretation. Experienced in developing Standard Operating Procedures and Standard Supporting Documents for Employee Data Management as well as the introduction of the Shared Services model across Asia Pacific. An effective trainer and change agent who steps up during times of organisational restructure to help achieve business outcomes.
Finance Transformation Manager
As part of the Finance Transformation journey at AusNet Services, James is responsible for overseeing the implementation of a number of initiatives aimed at delivering greater efficiency and effectiveness. James has worked previously as the Finance Reporting Transformation lead, Finance Business Partner and has over 8 years of experience in the utility industry.
SAP Lead Business Analyst
As the Lead SAP Business Analyst at Woolworths Group and SAUG Committee member, Tamer is passionate about leveraging technology and best practice to achieve great outcomes for his customers.
Over his 20+ career, he’s worked for vendors, clients and consulting firms across financial services, technology, education, not for profit and retail industries giving him a broad perspective on the challenges facing members working across different industries enabling him to foster open and effective communication.
He holds an MBA from La Trobe University and a Bachelor of Information Systems from Victoria University.
Business Systems Analyst
Glenn is the Business Systems Analyst for My Pathwayand is based in Melbourne. Glenn has worked for My Pathway for 4 years and started with them in Alice Springs setting up projects for Indigenous job seekers in remote communities. Prior to My Pathway he worked in the Northern Territory for several Federal Government Departments in the Human Services space, and as a teacher of Mathematics, Computing, Dance and Drama in Christchurch, Tasmania, Darwin and the remote community of Yuelamu.
Glenn is a perpetual learner and is passionate about getting the best out of people, processes and technology.
Author, TV News Presenter & Radio Broadcaster
Hugh is an author, television news presenter and radio broadcaster.
His career includes more than twenty years as a foreign correspondent for CNN and the Nine Network. He was also Canberra-based political editor for the TEN Network.
He is currently Senior Journalist and Presenter for TEN, frequently presenting TEN Eyewitness News, The Project and Studio 10 and contributing to TEN Daily and other print and online outlets. Hugh also presents “Sunday Extra” – a radio current affairs show heard every week on ABC RN.
Hugh’s journalism honours include a Logie, two Walkley Awards, awards from the Australian Human Rights Commission and the UN Media Peace Award among others. He is also the recipient of a prestigious US citation, The DuPont-Columbia Award, for his coverage of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
His 2017 memoir “Minefields: A Life In The News Game” was a bestseller.
He has been an in-demand speaker and MC at many major events in Australia and Internationally.
Hugh is a foundation director of Soldier On, a charity helping contemporary veterans, and the John Mac Foundation, which provides university scholarships for students with refugee backgrounds.
IBM Australia Ltd
Partner & Enterprise Applications Leader
Clive has 20 years’ experience in designing and implementing SAP enabled business transformation programs. His expertise is in how to maximise business value from SAP projects, whilst at the same time managing cost and risk. With this background, Clive leads IBM’s S/4HANA service offering in A/NZ, bringing IBM’s global knowledge and capability to local clients
Finance Master Data Manager
David Chow is an experienced Chartered Accountant and is Medibank’s Finance Master Data Manager. He is responsible for finance master data management and extending its system governance capabilities. David aims to bridge the usage gap between finance system and its users via robust governance processes.
BPC Solution Manager
Sravan Peyyeti is a SAP Analytics Professional with over 10 years of Implementation and Sustainment Experience. He currently works as BPC solution Manager, helping out Medibank to maintain and enhance the corporate planning system.
Global Vice President and General Manager, Direct Spend Solutions
Keith Baranowski is the Global Vice President and General Manager of SAP Ariba’s Direct Spend Solutions. His responsibilities include building Ariba’s Direct Spend innovation growth strategy and helping his clients digitize product development, sourcing and supply chain collaboration business processes. Keith has been with SAP for 12 years and held a number of leadership roles that focused on SAP’s Supply Chain, Product Lifecycle Management, Manufacturing and Operations solutions. Keith previously worked at Oracle, PeopleSoft and i2 Technologies and held management positions in sales, marketing and product development. Prior to transitioning into software, Keith worked at Intel.
Regional Manager - SAP Training & Enablement Solution Advisory
Rebecca is a certified SAP Enterprise Architect with over 15 years’ experience working with SAP solutions and delivering enterprise learning programs for large organisations. Rebecca focuses on helping organisations modernise their enterprise training and enablement programs leveraging the latest industry best practices and technology to create a culture of continuous learning.
Angela Di Fede
Functional Consultant Commercial
Angela has 20 years of IT experience in SAP Sales & Distribution (SD) including 15 years of support of full life cycle SAP implementations and project lifecycle experience in SAP system R/3 and ECC6 at Bayer, Orica and IXOM. Angela is customer focused and one of her key strengths is to liaise between business stakeholders and internal and external technical teams to deliver successful outcomes.
Toni is the Director of SAP Fieldglass, APAC. As Director, Toni is focused on educating and partnering with customers and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to build strategic best-in-class contractor and services procurement solutions. Under Toni’s leadership, the APAC team has grown to more than 50 employees who collaborate with a large, in-region customer base that includes Rio Tinto, Telstra, Federal and State government agencies and many others from the Banking, Finance, Resourcing, Manufacturing and Outsourcing sectors.
Prior to SAP Fieldglass, Toni held a number of management roles across EMEA and APAC and brings over 25 years of experience in the recruitment industry.
Telstra Corporation Ltd
Major Projects Manager
Nathan manages Global Procurement Technology Services within the Global Business Services group at Telstra, covering 24B AUD of annual spend across 43 countries. Currently Nathan is focusing on rebuilding Telstra’s procurement technology landscape, aiming to meet the expectations of the organisation’s new 2022 strategy. Additionally, he is establishing a future vision for procurement technology capability by leveraging partnerships with Telstra’s strategic allies globally.
In this role, Nathan is tapping into his refined planning and technology management skills, gained through over 25 years’ of experience in technology and programme management across a diverse range of industries and business functions.
Solution Manager, Digital Supply Chain
Volker has over 20 years of experience, working with different SAP supply chain solutions including R/3, Advanced Planning & Optimisation (APO), Supplier Network Collaboration (SNC), and Integrated Business Planning (IBP). During this time he has held roles in a number of different areas, including Product Development, Consulting, Product Management and Solution Management. Today, his key area of focus is on Integrated Business Planning (IBP) and Supply Chain Collaboration, where he works as a Solution Manager.
Director of SAP Next-Gen Lab
Dr. Scott Bingley is an Academic at Victoria University. He has been in academia for almost a decade and is currently the director of Victoria University’s SAP Next-Gen lab. Scott has published in a number of highly ranked journals and received also $200k in grants. he is also the course coordinator of Victoria University’s ERP degrees.